Alaska GOP chair suggests new election for state House seat

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The chairman of Alaska's Republican Party is suggesting that another election be held in a state House district where ballot issues during the primary prompted questions about the election results.

    Tuckerman Babcock said the House District 40 primary was handled so poorly that the true victor isn't clear. He cautioned the Division of Elections director against certifying the results.

    Unofficial results showed Democrat Dean Westlake beating Democratic state Rep. Benjamin Nageak by 21 votes.

    Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, who oversees state elections, has said the division was aware of reports that voters in one precinct received the Republican ballot and the ballot with Democratic, Libertarian and Alaskan Independence Party candidates. He has said that since a candidate's name appears on only one ballot, no one could vote more than once for any one candidate.

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